The Chief Executive Officer, CEO of the Pinnacle Oil and Gas Limited, Peter Mbah, has identified inadequate investment in the downstream sector as the reason for the consistent fuel scarcity across the country.
Mbah stated this, while speaking with the media after the company paid a thank-you visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said in order to bridge the gap, Pinnacle Oil and Gas has invested about a billion dollars with a view to addressing the stagnation of investment in the downstream sector.
He said if other firms will make critical investment and intervention like his company the problem will become a thing of the past.
According to him, “There has been a deficit of the set of investments Pinnacle has done in the last decades. But what we’re doing right now, is to address that stagnation of investment in the downstream oil and gas industry.
“This is an investment size of about a billion dollars. So we are expecting to see more of such investments because what the Pinnacle has done is create some efficiency in the supply and distribution value chain of the downstream sector.
“So, we are indeed expecting that more investment in the downstream sub-sector would completely eliminate the sort of scarcity we are witnessing today.”
On why he visited the Villa, Mbah said the team was at the State House to express appreciation to Mr President for accepting to inaugurate the company’s storage terminal adjudged to be the largest storage terminal in West Africa.
He said the offshore intake of the storage terminal is also adjudged to be the deepest intake facility in entire Africa.
According to him, “We, Pinnacle Oil and Gas Limited, have come here to express our profound gratitude and our heartfelt appreciation to Mr President.
“You will recall that on the 22nd day of October 2022, Mr President inaugurated our storage terminal adjudged to be the largest storage terminal in West Africa, with offshore intake facilities also adjudged to be the deepest intake facility in the entire Africa, sitting at a water depth of 23 meters.
“So, we do have SPM (Single Point Mooring), and CBM (Conventional Buoy Mooring).
Those are the offshore facilities we have. Those facilities have the capability to take the largest vessels, you can imagine and discharge over 100 million liters of clean petroleum products within 24 hours.
“This is typically what takes the industry 32 days to discharge. So we have largely come here to express our gratitude to Mr President, for the honour he gave us in inaugurating this largest facility, which has actually changed the face of the industry because it has eased as you know, this facility is located at the Lekki free zone, just by the Dangote refinery.
“So, what it has done, it has eased the congestion and the gridlock we have at the Apapa area in Lagos. It has also reduced the cost of supply and delivery of petroleum products in different parts of the country. It has also provided jobs for teeming unemployed Nigerians. So, this is why we thought it necessary to come and say thank you to Mr President.”